Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, January-February

Ask a Librarian
Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature in which librarians have a chance to comment on the topic of the month featured in the current Computers in Libraries. In this issue, Qin Zhu, a member of the IEEE Library Advisory Council who focuses on information...
Blog Impossible: This Is the Inside Story of How a Handful of Volunteers with No Budget Generated 4 Million Hits, 400,000 Unique Visitors, and 365 Posts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Amid the sea change that libraries and information centers currently face, we are starting to see compelling solutions and bold initiatives from our colleagues. The challenge now becomes how to "spread the gospel"--how to...
Data Management Takes to the Cloud
Library incursions into the web-scale world as well as into cloud-based services are among the most exciting trends to write about. Because web-scale projects are nascent and growing fast, the frontier is open. Also, when it comes to cloud-based services,...
Implementing a New Cloud Computing Library Management Service: A Symbiotic Approach: Our Experience with WMS Has Been More Positive Than We Expected-And We Expected a Lot. Our Patrons Are Happier, and We Are Saving Time and Money
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is the story of how Pepperdine University migrated its library management functions to the cloud using what is now known as OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS). The story of implementing this new service is told...
Library Web-Scale
We've been hearing a lot about "web-scale" lately. It has become one of the buzzwords of the library technology arena, and it's often used rather loosely. While the term has taken on something of a marketing bent, it also characterizes some important...
Moving to the Cloud
Once again an ordinary, everyday noun has been appropriated for a new concept in technology. The online version of the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines cloud as "a visible mass of particles of condensed vapor (as water or ice) suspended in the atmosphere...
Onward and Upward
This issue of Computers in Libraries magazine is one of milestones, transitions, and turning points. The theme this month was supposed to be Web-Scale Initiatives, but in the end we decided to name the issue Partnering, since in addition to its...
Remembrance of Columns Past
I'm not sure whether it's the change in daylight hours, holiday memory onslaught, or just really stereotypical New Year business, but I always feel so much more reflective in the winter. As I started sketching out ideas for columns for 2012, I became...
Responding to the Strategy Question One Road Map at a Time
Strategy is one of those words that get tossed around a lot these days, and it's easy to understand why. Between dwindling and decreasing budgets, political and financial pressures to collaborate, major shifts in market trends, and new and emerging...
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